Complimentary Screening Room – Modernism Week

Complimentary Screening Room

Stories Untold: Black Modernists in Southern California (p1) | Modernism Week 2022

Run time: 0:51

Part One: African Americans have lived for generations in the Coachella Valley, and many worked in construction. What challenges and opportunities did they find in the desert? In the opening panel, Black History of Palm Springs, Tyrone Beason, reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Jarvis Crawford and Dieter Crawford, leaders of Palm Springs Black History Committee, will share stories and reveal landmarks including the Crossley Tract, built by the New Orleans trumpeter and golf course designer Lawrence Crossley.

This first-time, half-day symposium was originally presented live at Modernism Week on February 21, 2022 and was organized in coordination with the Palm Springs Black History Committee.

Modernism Week would like to thank Room & Board for their underwriting support for the Stories Untold symposium.

Stories Untold: Black Modernists in Southern California (p2) | Modernism Week 2022

Run time: 1:00

Part Two: Paul R. Williams is famed for his civic buildings and glorious homes. What about the other notable Black architects in the midcentury? What role did Williams play in inspiring other Black designers to launch careers in LA? In Circle of Paul R. Williams, Gail Kennard (daughter of Robert Kennard), Roland Wiley and Nastassja Lafontant will shine a light on the work of James Garrott, Ralph Vaughn, Robert Kennard, Arthur Silvers and other talents.

This first-time, half-day symposium was originally presented live at Modernism Week on February 21, 2022 and was organized in coordination with the Palm Springs Black History Committee.

Modernism Week would like to thank Room & Board for their underwriting support for the Stories Untold symposium.

Stories Untold: Black Modernists in Southern California (p3) | Modernism Week 2022

Run time: 1:33

Part Three: How does this Black design legacy continue today? “Destination Crenshaw” is a 1.3 mile open air art gallery and park that will run alongside the light rail line in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. Project lead Drake Dillard, of Perkins & Will, will present the project, from its roots in a disruptive planning decision by LA Metro to its flowering into a showpiece of stunning structures, pocket parks and over 100 new works of “Unapologetically Black” art.

This first-time, half-day symposium was originally presented live at Modernism Week on February 21, 2022 and was organized in coordination with the Palm Springs Black History Committee.

Modernism Week would like to thank Room & Board for their underwriting support for the Stories Untold symposium.

Vera - The Art and Life of an Icon | Modernism Week 2022

Run time: 1:40

Vera is a celebration of the lifework of famed artist, tastemaker, entrepreneur, and American fashion industry icon Vera Neumann. A moderated conversation follows Susan Seid’s presentation, with fashion designer and Vera enthusiast Trina Turk, Elissa Auther, PhD, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Museum of Arts and Design/NYC and Alexander Gray, Vera collector, owner and principal of Alexander Gray Associates/NYC. Q&A Moderated by Anne Rowe, Modernism Week Board of Directors.

This presentation was originally presented live at Modernism Week on February 24, 2022.